Wexford Summer Trails

 

Wexford Garden Trail

Summer is the perfect time of year to explore the many beautiful Garden Trails Wexford has to offer.

Start your trip with a visit to Colclough Walled Garden. The walled garden was built by the Colclough

Family in the early Nineteenth Century.  Restoration work began in July 2010 and the original layout of the garden has been reinstated as it was in 1838. The main features of this 2.5 acres stone/brick lined walled garden include curved corners, two intramural structures on the dividing brick wall which splits the garden into two sections, east and west.

The Bay Garden is a  two-acre garden surrounding an 18th century farmhouse has been developed over 20 years from a neglected orchard and field creating an array of different garden areas. From the main lawn, with its serpentine mixed borders, one is led to the Cottage & White Gardens, the Rose Garden, Hot & Funereal borders, Pond Garden, Barn Garden, Woodland & Bog Garden and finally the Vegetable Garden. Other must visit Gardens include Marlfield House & Garden, Johnstown Castle, Kilmokea Gardens and Wexford Lavendar Farm to name but a few.

 

Enniscorthy Heritage Trail

For those who love walking, history and the outdoors, Wexford has something to suit every passion with historical and heritage walks, garden trails and craft trails. There’s a heritage walk through Enniscorthy which is on the banks of the River Slaney and overlooked by the old 1798 historic battle site of Vinegar Hill.

The Remember 1798 Walk follows the back roads and lanes of rural Wexford taken by the North Cork Militia to Oulart Hill in 1798. The trails include Wexford Garden Trail which features gardens from the 18th and 19th centuries and includes large public gardens as well as small private gardens. While the Craft Trail features everything from potters and weavers to candlestick makers, with plenty of modern craftspeople making traditional crafts.

The Norman Way is a heritage trail that runs along the south coast of Wexford which includes medieval sites that will help visitors to understand the Norman way of life that first took hold in Ireland over 800 years ago – a true treasure of Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

Ballyteige Burrow, Kilmore Quay

The Burrow is well known for its incredible sand dune systems. There are three main walking routes to choose from; along the beach, through the dunes, or on the path. Keep your eyes peeled for the many passing seabirds and your ears peeled for the song of the skylark. The flora and fauna in this area are second to none so tread softly. As you walk, climb to the top of one of the higher dunes for a spectacular view of the whole area out across the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteige Castle.